Abuja Airport re-opens tomorrow

Lagos AirportThe Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is scheduled to re-open for commercial flights operations tomorrow.

The airport was shut down for six weeks to allow runway repairs.

Minster of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, had vowed to resign his appointment if the project was not completed in record time.

During the closure, there was low passenger traffic at the alternate airport in Kaduna.

With the re-opening,  nine domestic carriers: Arik Air, Aero, Air Peace, Overland Airways, Dana Air, Medview, First Nation Airways and others will resume flights to Nigeria’s second largest airport.

Five foriegn carriers namely: British Airways, South African Airways, Lufthansa, Air France/KLM that refused to fly into Kaduna will also resume flights.

Investigations revealed that some airlines are already mobilising their workers back to Abuja for return of flights. A source hinted that many travel agents have started making bookings for flights in and out of Abuja ahead of the airport’s re-opening.

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Meanwhile, the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), has carried out certfication of the runway in line with regulatory standards.

The NCAA, it was learnt, has however, pointed out a few gaps to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), which is being corrected.

It was learnt that such gaps were however not critical issues of safety that could jeopardise the re- opening of the airport.